ISLAMABAD: In the lead up to the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence, British Council has commissioned a short film from Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy Films

The film intends to explore migration between the UK and Pakistan since 1947. It will focus on telling families’ stories and will examine how understandings of the period of Partition and Independence affect subsequent generations’ cultural understandings and identities.

According to a press release issued by the British Council on Friday, this exciting project will explore the rich and complex relationship between the UK and Pakistan through personal narratives. 

The film would explore how family histories of migration affect peoples’ relationships to their ancestor’s ‘home’ countries and to their own countries, in this case, how grandparents’ or parents’ experiences of migration from Pakistan to the UK around 1947 are perceived and internalised. 

The film will explore several distinct family stories - it will aim to feature several diverse stories, including stories of families who migrated to the UK but who have since returned to Pakistan. The film is expected to launch in August 2017.